Archive for the ‘candle holder’ Category

Glass candle holder with metal mystery base, c.1880

Sunday, July 17th, 2022

This poor pressed clear glass candle holder barely survived whatever mishap it befell over 125 years ago. Only about half of it remains, and thanks to a crafty tinker, it now stands 11 inches high in its make-do replacement base. And what a strange base it is! The 3.5 inch square weighted base, has a post on one end, not centered, and is missing metal pieces at the top. Perhaps this base was actually made for something else, and the broken candle holder was added. If anyone out there can shed any (candle)light onto this subject, please let me know. I’d love to solve this mystery.

This candle holder with similar form to mine suggests what the original base might have looked like.

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Glass candle holder with rustic metal repair, c.1870

Saturday, January 29th, 2022

This pressed flint glass candle holder measures 7 inches high and has a hexagonal base. Although I have difficulty accurately dating glassware, I believe this is an example of American flint glass from the mid to late 1800s. If anyone can more accurately identify it, I would be most appreciative.

As you can imagine, the reason I purchased this candlestick is because of the rustic iron metal replacement top and bobeche, added many years ago when the original broke off. The repair is crude and most likely done at home, using whatever materials were at hand. Looks like it did the trick, as the top reveals many years of continued use. Bravo to the unsung repairer who made-do, allowing the broken candle holder to function again, rather than simply tossing it into the waste bin.

This pair of similarly shaped candle holders suggest what mine might have looked like when it was still intact.

Photo courtesy of Charlie Bordewich

Small brass candle holder, c.1880

Sunday, November 15th, 2020

This petite brass candle holder with turned wood replacement base stands just 3.25 inches high. As there’s not much to go on here, it’s hard to know exactly what it looked like intact. It appears to have been made in England in the late 1800s.

I come across brass antiques with inventive repairs less frequently than ceramic examples, as they are more durable. Please click on these 3 other examples of brass candle holders I previously posted, each with interesting early repairs: Brass candle holder with wood base, c.1880, Brass candle holder, c.1880, Brass candlestick with nutty base, c.1875.

Unless I find an exact match to my remaining fragment, I can only imagine what the complete candle holder looked like. Here’s a grouping showing a multitude of different bases so let your imagination run wild.

Photo courtesy of Birchard Hayes & Company

Brass candle holder with wood base, c.1880

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

I wonder how many fires were started as a result of broken candle holders. I have come across many examples with unusual replacement bases, including metal funnels, coconut shells, and blocks of wood. This is not surprising, as candleholders were handled everyday by various household members in every room of the house.

This candle holder was made in England in the late 1800s. It stands 7.5 inches high. Most likely it was one of a pair that might have been separated from its “perfect” mate. After the original brass base became detached from the stem, an overscaled wood replacement was fashioned. This well made base, complete with beveled edges and cut-line detailing along the top, measures 5 x 5 inches and appears to be a homemade make-do.

What ever happened to the matching candle holder without repair, you may ask? The story of The Prince and the Pauper comes to mind, so I imagine it has spent the past 130+ years in a castle, polished within an inch of its life, sitting prominently on a large sideboard and hobnobbing with other “perfect” things.

This pair of candlesticks suggests what the original octagonal base on mine might have looked like.

Photo courtesy of Selling Antiques

Spongeware candle holder, c.1870

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

When the stem and base of a 19th century metal candle stick became damaged, someone took the surviving bowl and attached it to a simple ceramic pearlware dish with sponged “flow blue” decoration. The result of that marriage is this more practical candle holder, which measures 5-7/8″ in diameter.

The metal bowl was attached to the dish using a short screw and early butterfly nut.

Due to the nut’s protrusion through the bottom, the candle holder does not sit well on a surface and makes for a less than ideal (and somewhat dangerous) candle holder.

Brass candle holder, c.1880

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Solid brass candlestick, made in America and measuring 10″ tall

Conical tin replacement base, constructed by bending a piece of tin and crimping the bottom edge

The base looks as if it were made from a funnel

Another brass candlestick shown with a square footed base

Photo courtesy of One of a Kind Antiques

Brass candlestick with nutty base, c.1875

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

A surprising blend of cultures merge when this English cast brass candlestick was attached to a carved Brazil nut pod, after the brass base broke off.

Candle holder with replacement base stands 6.75 inches tall and the repair was most likely done in South America in the early 1900s.

This typical brass candle holder shows what the original base might have looked like.

Photo courtesy of Denhams

Photo courtesy of The Spice Necklace

Mercury glass candle holders, c.1860

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Pair of candle holders with mercury-filled double-walled glass and cold painted with white enamel floral decoration. Mercury glass was first patented in 1849 in England, where it was often referred to as “poor man’s silver”.

I have never seen another example of mercury glass with an inventive repair. Someone did a fine repair job outfitting these broken candle holders, each measuring 6-3/4″ high, with silver painted wood bases.

The pair of bases are nicely painted, even on the bottoms.

Intact bases are shown below on this similar pair of 19th century French candlesticks.

Photo courtesy of Foret

Flint glass candlestick, c.1870

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

One of my favorite antiques with inventive repairs illustrates the incongruence of materials and the immediate need to mend a broken item. When this elegant American flint glass candlestick snapped off at the base, it was attached to a simple 3-1/2″ solid block of mahogany.

Candlestick with replaced wood base measures 12-1/2” high.

A similar flint glass candlestick, showing a standard round base.

Photo courtesy of eBay